4-h, Ffa

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bantimna, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Please help what is FFA and 4-H? I'm not from America.
     
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  2. Laney

    Laney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FFA = Future Farmers of America an organization run at the High School level,usually a club to encourage kids wanting to be involved in agriculture.

    4-H is a club run outside the School system by the county extension offices for kids who wish to be involved in agriculture. It has a certain amount of community and public service involvement.

    They are two clubs that basically accomplish the same goals, helping mostly rural kids get involved with animals, learn animal husbandry, farm management etc as well as record keeping and any other things they might want such as public speaking etc.

    My daughter is a member of 4-H, as was my husband when he was a child. She does lots of fun things with them, shows her goats, maintains her animals. She learns record keeping, setting goals etc. She learns to chart the things that she does and gets rewarded, for example she tracked the projects and learning she did about electricity for a year and was rewarded with a trip to the state electrical congress. Three kids from each county got to go.

    Think of it as an agriculturally focused Boy or Girl scouts I suppose? With no cookies or peanuts to sell.

    Laney
     
  3. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Thank you very much.Although in SA you got to go to a Agricultural school their are no clubs that I know of.
     
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    4-H is FUN!
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I was one of those farm kids in both. 4-H was so great, yes we had and learned about cows and horses and other livestock, but we also had groups for sewing, cooking and crafts - It was chance for us country kids to learn those things too. It is run by community volunteers; so basicly each "club" has projects/classes in whatever an adult is willing to teach and guide in.
    FFA is an amazing organization that not only guides kids through advanced level agriculture but also teaches government and public forums as they relate to agriculture. The club is usually headed at the local level by the Highschool agriculture teacher.
     
  6. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen FFA in some middle schools (probably more of your old-school junior highs, instead of the typical 3-grade middle schools). Also, depending on what college you go to, it can extend to that level as well [​IMG]

    I'm the sentinel in our school's FFA. It's a great organization to be in. I think it's especially beneficial to the kids who live in city limits, who may not have the chance to learn about rural things like farming and animal raising at their home. I really wish our school would get a few chickens or maybe some goats. Just some simple farm animals that aren't too hard to care for. Then we could get some more hands-on learning in our animal science and other ag. classes here.
     
  7. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    Just wanted to say that FFA doesnt stand for Future Farmers of America anymore, back in 1989 it was changed to simply "The National FFA Organization" because not all members want to be farmers, many are in it for simple things like horticulture, marine stuff, forestry, and many other things. I was the treasurer in my FFA chapter.
    4-H can do anything like baking, karate, shooting sports, livestock, and everything and anything else.
     
  8. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was a 10 ear 4-H member myself. I have a very high regarad for the organization.

    The best testimonial I ever heard about 4-H was from a freinds wife. We were at the fair she remarked how much she enjoyed the kids that were involved in 4-H. "They are not the kids I work with every day" she said.

    That begs the question - what is her job?

    She is a juvenile probation officer.

    4-H is a perfect cpmbination as far as I am concerned.

    Good parents combined with good adult guidance produces great kids.
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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  10. DeadGame

    DeadGame Out Of The Brooder

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    My son isent shure of joining the ffa becouse he isent shure if they show gamefowl . You wouldent happen to now if they can show gamechickens ? Thankyou
     

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